What's On Scotland 23-30 Jan: Burns Night & more

There's more to Burns Night than just your traditional Burns Supper, with an array of Burns-related cultural events taking place across Scotland this week, courtesy of Burns & Beyond and Big Burns Supper. Plus, Independent Venue Week kicks off and more...

Feature by Nadia Younes | 23 Jan 2020
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If your address to the haggis was a bit of a fail last year, fortunately you've got a chance to get it right this year, or every year on 25 January for the rest of your life.

This year, Burns Night falls on the same day as Chinese New Year, which won’t happen again for another 76 years. To commemorate the occasion, 400 Chinese lanterns will be set up in Edinburgh’s St Giles Cathedral as part of Burns & Beyond. The festival will also bring back its annual Culture Trail and will host a charity concert, A Waltz Across the Carpet, in aid of Tiny Changes.

And the Burns Night celebrations continue in Dumfries at annual multi-arts festival Big Burns Supper. Iconic musical duo Morcheeba are just one of the musical acts set to perform, taking to the festival's Spiegeltent on 30 January, and wonderful burlesque troupe Le Haggis make a return, promising to be “more theatrical than ever”.

Re-Up Album Launch
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh. 23 Jan, 7pm
It's only been a year since NOVA released her debut mixtape, Risin' Up, and now she's gearing up to release her debut album, Re-Up. The album features beats by a range of Scottish producers, including $1000 Wallet, Inkke and Kami-O, and NOVA will be launching it at Sneaky's tonight with support from Feux, basil panagop and Bee Singh & Lonely Carp. Image: rawtape

ScHoolboy Q
O2 Academy, Glasgow. 25 Jan, 7pm
In support of his latest album CrasH Talk, LA-based rapper ScHoolboy Q is heading out on tour with special guest and fellow TDE – Kendrick Lamar's record label, Top Dawg Entertainment – signee Jay Rock. The rapper is not shy of a collaboration, as all of his albums thus far have shown, and his latest release features plenty of big name guest spots from Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla $ign and many more.

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Independent Venue Week
Various venues across Scotland. 27 Jan-2 Feb, times & prices vary
Many of Scotland’s independent and beloved music venues, from Inverness to Galashiels, will participate in Independent Venue Week. As always, each venue will host a series of gigs, with highlights including Lower Dens (pictured) at The Blue Arrow in Glasgow, Cloth at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, and Honeyblood at MacArts in Galashiels. Image: Torso

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 23 Jan-15 Feb, times & prices vary
Blood of the Young founding member Isobel McArthur reimagines Jane Austen’s literary classic, Pride and Prejudice, in this unique stage adaptation. In Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), a cast of six young women, including McArthur herself, share their stories and take us on a journey through 200 years of romantic pop history. Image: Mihaela Bodlovic

SWIM: Women in Music Meet Up
CCA, Glasgow. 29 Jan, 4pm
SWIM is Scottish Women Inventing Music and exists to help women working in the Scottish music industry connect and collaborate. If that sounds like something you'd like to get involved in then head along to this free meet up at Glasgow's CCA to meet and speak to like-minded women working in Scottish music. It might just lead to getting that idea you have off the ground. Image: Charlene Kerr

Readers of Colour
Lighthouse Bookshop, Edinburgh. 29 Jan, 6pm
If your New Year’s resolution is to read more then joining a book club is a good place to start, and Readers of Colour is a pretty great option. Each month the group meet to discuss literature by women writers of colour from Scotland and beyond. Recent reading has included work by Meera Lee Patel and Nayyirah Waheed. Image: Glasgow Women's Library

Cultur: S-Type
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh. 23 Jan, 11pm
For their first show in a new regular slot at Sneaky's, Cultur set the bar high with their first booking. Despite recently soundtracking the Edinburgh International Film Festival opening movie, Boyz in the Wood, and releasing a new EP, Beat, on LuckyMe, Edinburgh-born Bobby Perman, aka S-Type, is rarely spotted on the club circuit these days, so make sure you get tickets while you can! Image: Martyn Flyn

Shakara: Launch Party
La Cheetah Club, Glasgow. 29 Jan, 11pm
In Glasgow, there's also a new clubnight at La Cheetah for 2020 in the form of Shakara. Following a string of one-off parties throughout 2019, Shakara is becoming a regular Wednesday night fix at La Cheetah Club for the new decade, with the first party in the new slot finding residents Maveen and Crammond (pictured) behind the decks all night long. Image: Shakara

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